Howzat for a tribute to a cricket club stalwart?

Alnwick Cricket Club new scoreboard. Bobby Dodds, front left, shakes hand with Northumberland county councillor Gordon Castle.
Alnwick Cricket Club new scoreboard. Bobby Dodds, front left, shakes hand with Northumberland county councillor Gordon Castle.
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He has been part of Alnwick Cricket Club for more than half a century.

Now stalwart Bobby Dodds has been honoured for his many years of service, by having a new state-of-the-art scorebox named after him.

The gesture came as part of the club’s 175th anniversary celebrations on Friday evening.

It was a fitting tribute to 75-year-old Bobby – one of the longest-serving members of the club – who scores for both Alnwick and the Northumberland county team.

Reflecting on the new Bobby Dodds Scorebox, he said: “I am very pleased it has happened and I do appreciate the work that the cricket club has done, not just for me but for the other scorers. Having a new electronic scoreboard has moved us into the 21st century.”

The club also honoured long-serving member, Ted Sisterson, by giving him honorary life presidency.

Reaching its 175th anniversary is a great achievement for the club, which is said to be the second-oldest provincial club in England with a proven continuous history.

It was founded in 1837 in response to a challenge from servants in the south of England who were in the service of the Duke of Northumberland and had moved for the summer to the estate in Northumberland at Alnwick.

The first match took place in front of the castle in the Pastures.

Later, the Duke granted land to enable a ground to be created.

Alnwick played on the same ground to the north of the town, until moving to the present site at Weavers Way, at the south side of the town, in 1983.

The club currently plays in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League and a midweek league, and has a thriving junior section.

A number of grants were secured for the scorebox/board project, including from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest Scheme, Alnwick Lions Club, the Ballinger Trust, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Cricket Foundation, Community Foundation Percy Trust, the Freemen of Alnwick, and money from Coun Roger Styring’s small schemes allowance.

Thanks have also been given to the club’s sponsors.